I am grateful, once again, for the opportunity to write for this wonderful magazine. Now in it’s second year of publication, Conscious Life Journal continues to be, not only a beautiful print publication, but a resource for better, more purposeful, living. From cover to cover there are stories, experiences, and guidance on how to walk through these days fully conscious of our connection to all things.
Unity North Atlanta, a Spiritual Community (and my employer), outside Atlanta, GA , is proud to be contributing a column, ‘Fully Human, Fully Spiritual’ to CLJ. My business partner and Minister, Rev. Richard Burdick, will be sharing it with me for the next year. In addition, we will each contribute full articles when asked. (This issue has one by Richard entitled “Awakening” and I will have one in the next issue.)
Please take the time to read the magazine. I know you will find something that resonates with where you are on your journey. Click here. It will take you to the site where you can read the digital issue for free. If you love it (as I know for a fact you will!!), consider subscribing. As I said, it is a beautiful, high quality, publication that you will not only enjoy reading, but will want to share with others.
Here is my contribution to Fully Human, Fully Spiritual:
The beauty of giving, of serving others, is very much a part of our lives. Many of us do it easily, with love, asking for nothing in return. But what happens when we find ourselves on the receiving end of those gifts? Sonia Osio, my dear friend, is an artist known for her mesmerizing mandalas and the beautiful designs on the walls of Unity North Atlanta. A few years ago I was scheduled for heart surgery and doing my best to downplay it. I knew I would be fine and the idea of being bombarded by well wishes, advice, and offers of help was overwhelming to my introverted self. Inevitably, word got out and all the above started happening. I was truly overwhelmed and embarrassed by it. As Sonia listened to me lament about the love being sent my way, she spoke quietly to me. Two and a half years later these are among the most profound words I have ever heard.
“How can you be so selfish not to receive the same gifts you so willingly give?”
At that moment, my fully human self cried. I was emotionally flooded with complete understanding of those words and gratitude for the beautiful vessel in which they were delivered.
As Luke 6:38 so simply states, if you are willing to give, get ready! It will come back to you multiplied: “A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
There is a necessary, universal need for a continuous flow of positive energy. You give from a place of love, and you must be willing to receive a gift of love in return. This is the way it is meant to be. To feel yourself unworthy is to break this dynamic universal law. Your unworthiness is, in reality, a disservice to humanity. It is a roadblock on your spiritual path and it creates a roadblock for the one offering the gift. In those moments when you are vulnerable, open yourself to that vulnerability. Allow someone to hold your hand and comfort you. Accept the love that is offered to you.
Giving and receiving love . . . a sweet, gentle spiritual law that embraces our humanity.
“For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.”
– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet